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Escorted tour of Florence, Tuscany and the Italian Riviera Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-01425
  • Type : Small Group
  • Duration : 10 days
  • Departs from : Florence
  • Meeting Place : Florence Airport

Description

We will meet you at Florence airport and transport you straightaway to the lush green of the Chianti countryside, where you will spend 3 days exploring the Renaissance towns, UNESCO sites and wine-producers of Tuscany.  

At its height, San Gimignano could boast 72 towers, symbols of the wealth and power of the Medieval families who lived here.  Today, even with just 14 surviving, San Gimignano is recognized for its unique characteristics.  You will have time to visit the town and the option to climb one of the towers to enjoy sweeping views across the countryside below.  There's a reason that Siena is one of the most visited towns in Italy, with its rich history and clean, pedestrianized center it makes for a perfect afternoon stroll, not to mention the chance to visit the famous, striped duomo and taste the delicious local sweets.

Val d'Orcia is so picturesque that the entire area has been named a World Heritage site!  Our tour will take us to just 3 of the delightful towns that scatter the countryside: firstly, the hilltop town of Montalcino, surrounded by vineyards growing the Sangiovese grapes that are used to make the famous Brunello di Montalcino.  Of course, there will be the opportunity to taste examples of this wine in a very special enoteca.  Next we will go to Pienza, the Renaissance utopia and producer of pecorino di pienza.  Finally, Montepulciano, home to another famous Tuscan wine.

On our way to Cinque Terre, we will stop in Pisa to visit the Leaning Tower and the town of Lucca for lunch before ending the day in Monterosso a Mare.  You'll get the chance to hike the famous trails between the 5 fishing villages as well as visiting them from the tranquility of a boat.  To round off the tour will head to Portovenere for a wonderful dinner in the Palmaria Restuarant.

The final stop of our tour will be 2 nights in the heart of Tuscany, in Florence, cradle of the Renaissance.  Here you will be introduced to the history of the city and the men who brought it to prominence as we tour the streets and visit the 2 most famous galleries. You will also have plenty of free time to explore the compact city-center on your own, try the famous bistecca alla fiorentina, explore the leather market and shopping streets and wander the banks of the river with an ice-cream as the locals do!

As our tour comes to end, our drivers will take you back to Florence to fly home.  If you are interested in extending your Italian vacation, speak to one of our Italian experts who will be happy to help you.

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrival at Florence airport

Where we visit : Florence, Chianti
Meeting Location : Florence Airport
When you arrive at Florence airport, you will be met by one of our drivers and taken to the lovely Casagrande in the middle of the beautiful Chianti countryside.

After a light lunch, you will have the afternoon to enjoy the spa and indoor or outdoor swimming pools, depending on the season.

In the evening, weather permitting, the welcome dinner will be outside where you will enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, delicious homemade food and a stunning view across the infinity pool to the countryside beyond.  

Well-fed and truly relaxed, turn in for a good night's sleep in the tranquility of the Tuscan Lands we will begin to explore tomorrow.
 
Meals : Dinner
 

Day 2 - The Chianti Region: SIena & San Gimignano

Where we visit : Siena, San Gimignano
After breakfast, our driver will take us to San Gimignano where you will have time to explore the town and climb one of its famous towers.

For lunch, we will stop at a local winery, enjoy some local produce and sample both the famous Chianti reds and Vernaccia, one of Italy's finest white wines which is produced in vineyards around San Gimignano.

The afternoon will be spent in the delightful provincial capital of Siena.  Here you will have time to yourselves to walk in the lovely, traffic-free Renaissance center, sit and enjoy a coffee in the Piazza del Campo, one of the loveliest squares in Italy where the Palio takes place twice a year and buy some famous Sienese sweets to take home with you.

On the way back to the villa, we will stop for dinner at Castello Vicchiomaggio.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner, Wine Tasting
 

Day 3 - Val d'Orcia: Montalcino & Pienza

Where we visit : Montalcino, Pienza
This morning, following breakfast, we will drive to the southern part of Tuscany and the beautiful Val d'Orcia.  This is the Tuscan countryside you are used to seeing in photos: miles of vineyards and cornfields, isolated hilltop farmhouses and roads lined with poplar trees.

Our first stop of the day will be the town of Montalcino, stopping along the way to take in the incredible views.  In the town we will stop at a wonderful enoteca inside a majestic 12th century fortress that was once part of the town's defenses.  Here we will enjoy a tasting of local wines, including Brunello di Montalcino served with local cheese and cold cuts to keep you going till lunch! 

Leaving the town we will take a slight detour to the isolated Romanesque Abbey of Sant'Antimo and if we are lucky, we may get to hear the monks chanting. 

By now we will be getting hungry and in our next stop, Pienza, you will have free time to sit down for lunch or to grab a snack and explore the town.  Pienza is known as the 'ideal city of the Renaissance', thanks to the patronage of Pope Pius II, who wanted to change his humble birthplace into a utopia.  Today it is also famous in Italy for the pecorino cheese produce here, which you will get a chance to taste before we leave.

The final stop of the day will be Montepulciano, a name associated the world over with the rich red wine produced here.  As we wander through the town, enjoying the stunning views across the Orcia Valley, we will stop to taste the local wine, and if you want, buy some to send back home.

Back to the villa for dinner and some well-deserved relaxtion.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner, Wine Tasting
 

Day 4 - Cooking class and Transfer to Florence

Where we visit : Chianti, Florence
This morning we will learn a little about Tuscan cooking in the kitchen of Casagrande and develop some culinary skills to take home with you!  Try your hand at making pasta, then enjoy eating the fruits of your labors with a truly homemade lunch.

In the afternoon, it is time to say goodbye to the green hills of the Tuscan countryside as our private driver takes us to the Renaissance splendor of Florence and the lovely Hotel Pendini.

You will have the rest of the day to relax, enjoy a leisurely dinner and an evening walk along the banks of the Arno.
 
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 5 - Florence and the Accademia

Where we visit : Florence
Following breakfast in the hotel, our guide will meet us to introduce us to Florence.  Walking the streets of Florence, we are met at every corner by reminders of the powerful Medici family who ruled the city for centuries and were great patrons of, among others, the young Michelangelo. 

Our tour today will include: the Accademia Gallery which houses Michelangelo's magnificent statue of David, the cathedral with its dome that stands out of the Florentine skyline, the marble-covered chapels housing the tombs of the Medici family and Santa Croce where Michelangelo and Galileo are both buried.

Afterwards, you will have the rest of the day free to enjoy the city at your leisure.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 6 - Florence: The Uffizi

Where we visit : Florence
Italy's most visited museum houses numerous collections of painting, sculpture and drawings of the Masters of the Italian Renaissance, including Giotti, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and many others.

After the tour, you will have the rest of the day free to shop or visit some the city's smaller museums.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 7 - Depart Florence via Pisa and Lucca

Where we visit : Pisa, Lucca, Monterosso Al Mare
We will set off from Florence early this morning and visit 2 more famous Tuscan towns.

In Pisa you will have the chance to walk around the 'Field of Miracles', climb the famous tower and visit the cathedral before we move onto Lucca.  This lovely Renaissance town is centered around a 'square' that was built over a Roman amphitheater.  Not far away, we will stop for lunch at .... then you will have some time to visit the town.

In the afternoon, we will arrive in Monterosso where we will be staying at La Baia, right on the seafront.  You will now have the evening to relax, stroll on the beach and enjoy dinner in the town.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 8 - Boat tour

Where we visit : Cinque Terre
After a relaxed breakfast, we will head for the beach for our tour which departs at 11am.  The boat will take us along the coast between the 5 villages while the guide explains the history of the area, taking roughly 1hr, followed by a chance to jump in and enjoy a swim in the crystal waters.

The boat will take us to one of the villages for a traditional seafood lunch, then we'll head back out and enjoy another dip as the boat takes us to the little coves that bigger commercial-tour boats cannot reach.

In the afternoon, the boat will drop us back in Monterosso and you'll have the rest of the day to yourselves.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
 

Day 9 - Hiking and Farewell Dinner

Where we visit : Cinque Terre
If you are feeling energetic today, you can hike the trials between the villages, otherwise the train or boat will get you there in much less time!

In the evening we will meet up and head to Portovenere together for our farewell dinner at ......
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 10 - Return to Florence and departure

Where we visit : Monterosso Al Mare, Florence
Following breakfast and perhaps a final walk on the beach, our driver will take you back to Florence airport to catch your flights home.

We hope you have had an amazing time in Tuscany and Cinque Terre and will be joining us again very soon for another Italian vacation.
Meals : Breakfast

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Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. All hotel taxes and service charges
  2. All transfers
  3. Cellar Tour
  4. Cooking class
  5. Daily Buffet Breakfast
  6. English speaking tour escort for the duration of the tour
  7. Entrance Ticket to Leaning Tower
  8. Florence: Guided visit of the most important monuments including the inside visit of the Academia museum with its Michelangelo statue
  9. Free Time For Lunch
  10. Fuel
  11. Road Tolls
  12. Service Charges and Taxes
  13. Siena and San Gimignano
  14. Small Group Sizes
  15. Wine Tastings
  16. Winery Visits

What's Not Included

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